KNOXVILLE (WATE) – East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is building a new neonatal intensive care unit thanks to a generous donation from Pilot Flying J and the Haslam Family Foundation.
The donation of $2.5 million will provide a new 44-bed, private room NICU as part of a $75 million expansion project. The project includes making updates to existing space inside the hospital and expanding services for children with chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
The new NICU will be inside a new five story building that will also include a new state-of-the-art surgery center, two levels of parking and enhanced family aireas.
“We currently have an undersized NICU. The $2.5 million generous donation from the Haslam family will help us provide an even better experience for our patients and families, as well as anticipate emerging technology,” said Keith Goodwin, president and CEO of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “As pediatric medicine and technology have changed, we are working hard to ensure we adapt and stay on the cutting-edge of health care. Our commitment to providing patients and families with excellent care is unwavering.”
“This gift is very meaningful for our family, but most importantly, we look forward to the impact it will have for many other families” said Will Haslam, Petroleum Pricing Analyst for Pilot Flying J. “This gift will ensure that children will continue to receive highly specialized care with lifesaving technology for years to come.”
Construction on the expansion project has already begun and is slated for completion in 2016.